March for Licenses 2015
History of the campaign for licenses in New Jersey:
The driver's license project has been stalled for more than 15 years in New Jersey. During those 15 years, 5 governors - 4 Democrats and 1 Republican - decided that licenses for undocumented residents was not a priority. Today the the undocumented people rise up to demand that we be given driver's licenses this year. We are not going to wait anymore.
Movimiento Cosecha is born out of the frustration that comes from so many years of false promises. When the Republicans have the power, they blame the Democrats. And when the Democrats have the power, they blame the Republicans. But in 15 years, the two parties have been given the opportunity to do something about these licenses and they have not given us anything. They think we are fools, but we are not fools. We know that we have the power. We know that we make the change. And that's why we're going to win driver's licenses. Yes we can!
Promises are to be fulfilled and the debts are to paid! It has been more than 100 days since the new Governor Phil Murphy began his term. During the election, the governor made a promise to the immigrant community - he told us he was going to get driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants through the finish line. We are here to demand that the governor keep his promise.
In New Jersey, there is more than half a million undocumented immigrants currently living here. The most important industries of this State depend on our work - the factories, the ports, the construction, the agriculture, the restaurants, the care of children and adults - all depend on our work. We want New Jersey to recognize our work, our humanity and give us a driver's license. To us, driving is not a luxury, it is a necessity.
This campaign however, is not just about winning licenses. It is also about us recognizing our power and value as an immigrant community in this country. We are not less then people, we are not less worthy and when we win our driver's licenses, we will continue fighting for respect, dignity and permanent protection for the 11 million undocumented people in the United State.
Earlier this year, members of the undocumented community came together in Trenton to launch the Driver's license campaign.
April 21, 2018
More than 700 people take the street of Trenton to voice the urgency of Drivers Licenses for the undocumented community in New Jersey. People came from near and far, many from Trenton and some as far as Atlantic City and Jersey City. United they chanted "Licenses YES, Promises NO!".